Jeff Wilpon and Omar Minaya talked with Mike Francesa for more than an hour on WFAN today.

To listen to the entire interview, go to WFAN.com.

By the way, to watch Chris Carlin’s one-on-one interview with Wilpon following today’s press conference, use the video player in the sidebar.

To read of several noteworthy moments and statements from Francesa’s interview with Wilpon and Minaya, click below:

Update, 6:40 pm:

In parting, Minaya wants Mets fans to know he and his staff are working hard, and Ownership is committed to putting the best product possible on the field.

Wilpon said, “I want to thank all of the fans who showed up to support us,” adding:

“I have faith in Omar and Jerry, otherwise they wouldn’t be back, and they have Ownership’s support.”

Update, 6:40 pm:

Wilpon said he doesn’t understand criticism from fans, who, according to Francesa, believe the Mets walk-away from big free agents because of money, when they have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

Howard said the team is considering a ‘flexible payment plan for season-ticket holders next season.’

Wilpon said the team will not make a big-ticket move just for marketing purposes, or simply in an effort to sell tickets, concluding, “The team will be as aggressive as it has been in the past.”

Update, 6:36 pm:

Howard said the team is considering a ‘flexible payment plan for season-ticket holders next season.’

Update, 6:32 pm:

Wilpon said he demands better from the team, ‘and the fans deserve better,’ he wants Manuel and Minaya to stay, and he wants to see a Championship-caliber team competing right to the end in October.

Wilpon said they have already been talking with doctors and staff to determine why the team suffered so many injuries, and will look at all protocols, from pre-game warm ups to off-season programs to weight-training programs.

Minaya said he has already been talking with his staff and scouting department about an off-season strategy, while pointing out, “We don’t just want to compete, we want to win a Championship.”

Update, 6:18 pm:

Wilpon pointed out that the Mets paid over slot for their first-round pick in the last draft, when asked why the organization is ‘cheap with their minor-league system.’

Minaya said the Mets still have the same financial commitment towards winning that it had when he signed on to be the team’s GM.

Update, 6:15 pm:

Minaya said he doesn’t believe the team needs to be rebuilt.

Wilpon feels the team has ‘two or three holes,’ which they can fill through a combination of free-agent signings and trades.

Minaya said, in talking to other GMs, it has yet to be determined what type of free-agent market it will be, something which typically takes shape in the days following the World Series.

Wilpon says he has heard the market will be ‘soft,’ as there is typically a one-year lag in the market, meaning last season’s buyer’s market could continue.

Update, 6:05 pm:

Minaya said he will look at the trade player, to see how we can change it up,’ in an effort to improve the team, because they cannot just limit themselves to the free-agent market.

Minaya said there are core players that would be very hard for him to trade, and though there are certain guys who are special, as a whole, he must look at all ways to improve the ballclub.

Update, 6:05 pm:

Minaya still believes Oliver Perez can pitch like he did in 2007 and 2008, noting that pitching is ‘hot and cold,’ citing examples like Justin Verlander.

He said he believes ‘Daniel Murphy is getting better,’ and can be an every-day first baseman for the Mets… so long as he has more power at other positions.

Minaya likened Murphy to Boston’s situation with Kevin Youklis from a few seasons ago, saying:

“He was not the big, productive hitter that he is early on, but they surrounded him other guys who had power… So, when you put the team together, there are eight guys, and how are you going to balance that offense.”

Francesa pointed out that Youklis is a Gold-Glove first baseman, then told Wilpon Murphy cannot be an every-day player at first base for a Championship team, especially when consider the type of production the Phillies are getting from the left-side of their infield.

Minaya then informed Francesa that there have been lots of good teams in the game’s history that did not get power from first base, to which Francesa asked for examples of what Murphy does well, and Minaya said:

“What does Murphy do well?  Right now, you’re talking about a young, developing player who is learning at the major leagues and improving at first base… Now, he comes at you everyday and he gives a good effort… He has to improve with the OBP… But, we are talking about a rookie.”

Minaya said the team no longer sees Murphy as an outfielder.

Update, 5:56 pm:

We are in a results town in a results business,” Wilpon said.

Wilpon said he will give Minaya the resources he needs, ‘whatever that is,’ to put a Championship team on the field.

The team has not discussed ‘slicing payroll,’ he explained, adding:

“Whether it ends up being more or less I can’t tell you until Omar makes suggestions… We’re going to be aggressive, we have to be, whether it’s in trades or free agents… For all we know, Omar might save money, Mike.”

Update, 5:53 pm:

Wilpon said he was most frustrated this season with the team’s ability to drive in runs, despite being among the best team’s in batting average and batting average with runners in scoring position.

Minaya believes the players gave the team a good effort, but, ‘We did have a lot of players who were secondary players in their career, and were overexposed,’ and so, ‘When you have that and play them for a long time those weaknesses will show up, and that’s what happened.’

Wilpon said he liked watching Josh Thole and Nelson Figueroa, but, he added, ‘Again, it’s frustrating when you have that many guys out of your lineup for that long, knowing you could have had so-and-so up instead.’

Minaya said, ‘You have to like the way Jeff Francoeur plays the game,’ pointing he finished the season playing with a broken thumb.

Update, 5:48 pm:

Wilpon said, ‘Yankee-economic structure are unto themselves, they have their own structure and we fall much more in line with the rest of the league,’ when asked why his team does not spend money like the Yankees.

Update, 5:46 pm:

When you win you’re a smart baseball man,” Minaya explained, regarding criticism of his public speaking.  “When you lose, you’re not a smart a baseball man.”

Francesa asked Minaya to address accusations that he is only interested in bring Latino ballplayers to the Mets, to which he said:

“Look, when you’re the first Hispanic GM those accusations were going to be made.  It’s part of it.  It’s not true, it’s not fact, it’s not something I think about.  I believe in talent.  I will go after the best talent, no matter who that player is and where he is from.”

Update, 5:44 pm:

Howard said the team will continue to add Mets imagery and history to Citi Field, and they are working to develop a Mets Museum in a prominent location in the ballpark, though he would not specifically say where.

Wilpon said there will also be other ‘naming opportunities,’ in the building, that will link to the team’s history.

come on, do it, The Piazza, for the table-n-chair section below the bridge

Wilpon said, “I don’t think we did anything to slap anyone in the face.  It’s not like we said, ‘Gee, let’s honor the Brooklyn Dodgers and not honor the Mets.’ Those claims are unfair, but we’re gonna make those changes and correct it, because it is a proper criticism.’

Update, 5:40:

Wilpon said Minaya and his staff intend to always build a team around pitching, speed and defense, and so the team built a ballpark with that in mind.

Minaya said he feels it is always easier to win when playing ‘National League baseball,’ and when pitching strong.

In regards to the lack of home runs, Howard said the ballpark is not much different than Shea Stadium, noting that losing Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran will impact any team’s home run total, which likely exposed David Wright, who had little protection in the lineup.

Update, 5:36 pm:

Wilpon said it was Minaya’s recommendation and decision to keep Manuel as the team’s manager.

Minaya said injuries had to be considered, plus, when factoring in Manuel’s entire body of work, including his work last season, when with a healthy a team, he wanted Manuel back as manager.

Update, 5:33 pm:

Wilpon says Minaya is the GM, and his responsibilities have not changed.

Minaya said he plans to continue making changes in the front office.

He said Adam Wogan, who had been the farm director, will take on a more prominent role – the team also plans to hire a Field Coordinator, who will be in uniform, traveling the system, working with minor leaguers and reporting to Wogan.

…hmmm, i wonder if that is what Wally Backman is interviewing for

Minaya also said Assistant GM John Ricco will be more involved in working with the minor-league directors.

Update, 5:28 pm:

“I like to think in our minor-league system we have talent,” Minaya said.

Update, 5:28 pm:

Francesa asked if the Mets will have to pull back financially from their 2009 payroll, to which Wilpon said, ‘NO.’

He said the Bernie Madoff situation had no impact on the Mets.

“What happens this year between free-agents and trades and whatever Omar wants to do to get us back to a Championship-caliber team will be up to Omar,” Wilpon said, acknowledging that his team will continue to have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

Update, 5:25 pm:

Wilpon says much of the blame for the team’s injuries are a result of relying too heavily on other team’s medical staffs when injuries occurred on the road, and did not fly players back quickly enough to be examined by their own medical team.

Minaya added that the team must create a protocol that will allow them to communicate to media and fans the status of the team’s injuries.

here’s a thought, how about having less injuries…

Update, 5:22 pm:

Minaya and Wilpon, plus Dave Howard, are in the studio.

Again, like he said this morning, Wilpon believes this seasons results are ‘basically unacceptable.’

unacceptable, one of the most misused words in business, as well as sports… if it’s ‘unacceptable,’ how come every one is back and being allowed to return to the project… apparently, it is acceptable…

Update, 5:18 pm:

According to Francesa, Wilpon and Minaya were stuck in traffic, but are now in the building and will remain in studio through the end of the show.

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets lost to the Nationals in brutal fashion on Monday night, and their bats went mostly silent during Tuesday night's loss. A loss on Wednesday night would have meant a three-game sweep, and the continuation of the sky-is-falling-the-Mets-aren't-for-real narrative that was being pushed by some during the prior 48 hours.

Instead, the Mets erupted for nine runs in the eighth inning -- turning a two-run deficit in to a seven-run lead. It was punctuated by a grand slam off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes, who paused for effect before rounding the bases.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterFor all who said that Monday night's game was a defining one, Wednesday night's was as well. In fact, it arguably may be even more defining. Why? Because it's a game that the Mets likely would have lost last year. It's a game they most definitely would not have come back from, would have just given up on -- and they would have been swept by the Nationals.

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets were on the verge of getting swept by the Nationals. And then an eighth-inning explosion happened.

After the Mets turned a 4-2 deficit in to a 7-4 lead, Yoenis Cespedes put the cherry on the top with a grand slam.

Click below for a look of Thursday's back pages in NYC...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets didn't want to get reverse swept by the Nationals on their home field. A nine-run eighth inning is definitely a way to avoid that. 

Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes got things started with back-to-back singles. After an Asdrubal Cabrera single to load the bases, it was Todd Frazier that tied the game with an RBI single smashed back up the middle off Nats reliever Ryan Madson

Now tied 4-4, Juan Lagares had the bases loaded himself with two outs. With a two-strike count, he roped a double down the right field line to score two, giving the Mets their first lead of the game...

Tags: Todd Frazier, Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets LHP Steven Matz was rolling after a shaky first inning, but when manager Mickey Callaway decided to pull the plug on his night, he wasn't happy. 

Matz, who was looking to build on his win over the Brewers last time out, didn't get off to a hot start Wednesday night. He gave up a three-run jack to Ryan Zimmerman in the first inning to give the Nats a quick 3-0 lead. The long ball has hurt him in his first three starts, as Zimmerman's blast was his fifth homer allowed over four starts. 

The young lefty didn't let the first inning get to him, though. After striking out Michael Taylor in the first before picking off Moises Sierra to end the inning, Matz set down 10 straight Nationals as he cruised through the second, third, and fourth innings. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:35
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-5 comeback win over the Nationals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) The Mets scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 11-4 lead, capped by Yoenis Cespedes' grand slam. Todd Frazier tied the score with a two-run single and Juan Lagares gave New York its first lead of the game with a pinch-hit, two-run double after Wilmer Flores had struck out for the second out with the bases loaded.

 

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Eiland on the Mets' pitching 00:04:51
SNY insider Steve Gelbs sits down with Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland to discuss the success of the pitching staff thus far.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino definitely give a hoot about Keith's tweets as they sit down for another Shea Anything podcast. The guys discuss the bullpen implosion against the Nats and the possibility of an Amed Rosario for J.T. Realmuto trade. Later, Andy pitches Doug on an idea for Baseball Night in New York, and talks about his post on MetsBlog about Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler's tenuous spots in the starting rotation.

Click below to listen...

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (12-4) will try to avoid a three-game sweep when they wrap up their series against the Nationals (9-9) at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

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New York Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Anthony Swarzak has shut down his throwing program due to lingering discomfort, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Swarzak threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain and threw again on Monday, according to manager Mickey Callaway.

Swarzak, who has been out since April 1, was supposed to head to Port St. Lucie after Wednesday's game to continue his rehab, but will instead remain in New York to receive treatment. 

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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

In spring training, I heard multiple Mets people say Jose Reyes was re-signed mostly to be a mentor to Amed Rosario, while also acting as a hedge against any infield injuries.

So far, there has been no such injury. Rosario looks totally comfortable in the big leagues and is seen spending most of his time before games with Yoenis Cespedes -- not Reyes.

Meanwhile, Reyes, who signed a one-year, $2 million this past winter, entered Wednesday's game hitless in 17 at-bats...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Evaluating the Mets' rotation 00:06:43
The BNNY panel discusses Zack Wheeler's quality start on Tuesday despite losing to the Nationals and how that affects the Mets' rotation.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler, until very recently the forgotten man in the Mets' pitching plans, delivered his second consecutive quality start on Tuesday night, and moved closer to forcing the team to make a tough decision about whether to keep him in the rotation over Matt Harvey.

Wheeler allowed three runs in six innings in the Mets' 5-2 loss to Washington. In both that game and his season debut last week in Miami, the onetime phenom showed consistency with a new, more compact delivery. Manager Mickey Callaway indicated before Tuesday's game that Wheeler's transition to the new mechanics was complete. An evaluator at Citi Field Tuesday said that Wheeler again repeated the delivery perfectly, though he lacked command of his slider and allowed himself to get beat with his third and fourth-best pitch -- the curveball and changeup...

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First Data's Veteran of the Game 00:00:56
First Data and the Mets are proud to salute Tuesday's veteran of the game, United States Navy PO Dan Gastaldi.

First Data and the Mets are proud to salute Tuesday's veteran of the game, United States Navy PO Dan Gastaldi.

Click here to see all of the veterans the Mets honor throughout the season.

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FLUSHING, NY: Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets watches the flight of the ball as he heads to first base during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Hernandez played for the Mets from 1983-1989. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (MLB Photos/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY: Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets watches the flight of the ball as he heads to first base during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Hernandez played for the Mets from 1983-1989. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (MLB Photos/Getty Images)

He's SNY broadcaster Keith Hernandez. And he's back in his 1986 Mets uniform.

Keith and Mets manager Mickey Callaway are filming a commercial for New York Lottery on Wednesday at Citi Field, and Keith has been taking us through the process -- in the most Keith way possible.

Click below to see

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts as Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar (24) goes to the dugout after a home run by Milwaukee left fielder Hernan Perez (14) in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts as Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar (24) goes to the dugout after a home run by Milwaukee left fielder Hernan Perez (14) in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Pitchers are being more aggressive with Mets hitters, who are not adjusting. What's worse, when the Mets put balls in play, they're unluckily hitting them right in to the other team's gloves.

Similarly, opposing base runners are being aggressive and forcing the Mets to be a better fielding team than they were even during the recent winning streak. It's a bad combination. It'll work itself out as long as the veterans and coaching staff get to work and adjust to the adjustments. I'm not worried. This is why it's nice to have a cushion...

In terms of the other team being aggressive on the bases, I think part of this is because of the inexperienced rotation of catchers behind the plate. However, this is something that has been going on for years with this team, be it because pitchers have been slow to the plate or because Travis d'Arnaud was struggling with his release...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is open to a move to the bullpen if that's what it takes for him to stay on the big league roster.

"I am not being selfish, I am just trying to prove my case," Wheeler said after Tuesday night's start. "I want to be here and be on this team. Whether it is helping in the bullpen or starting. I want to be here."

Wheeler, who began the season with Triple-A Las Vegas after struggling in Spring Training, has been filling in for Jason Vargas, who may return as early as April 27.

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Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

With the Mets trailing by the score of 3-2 in the sixth inning on Tuesday night and runners on first and third with one out, Mickey Callaway turned to Jose Reyes to pinch-hit.

Reyes looked badly overmatched against Nationals reliever LHP Sammy Solis -- who replaced LHP Gio Gonzalez after Reyes was announced -- and was fooled on the 2-2 fastball as he was looking for something off-speed. The result was Reyes taking a feeble, halting swing as he struck out. Along with Reyes, Callaway had Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jose Lobaton on his bench and at his disposal in that spot. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Callaway has done a terrific job so far, but going to Reyes on Tuesday night when he had Conforto and Nimmo available was a poor choice -- regardless of Conforto and Nimmo both being left-handed hitters. In that spot, at the very least, you want someone who can hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Juan Lagares from third base. Conforto has been having terrific at-bats all season, and entered Tuesday night having reached base safely in every game he had played in. Nimmo entered the night having reached base at a .481 clip...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:20
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Nationals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Zack Wheeler allowed three runs over six innings, but received no help from his offense. The right-hander walked the bases loaded in the first but escaped with the help of a double play. He allowed a single run in the third and two more in the fourth on several soft hits from the Nationals. Wheeler (1-1) scattered seven hits, walked three and struck out two.

 

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Apr 17, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 17, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Nationals on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets rookie reliever Gerson Bautista has an electric fastball and a wicked glare in his eye that is impossible to miss, so much so that even Mets manager Mickey Callaway commented on both late in Spring Training.

Bautista was promoted Tuesday from Double-A to the Mets as Hansel Robles was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. He will wear No. 46 and is available for Tuesday night's game against the Nationals at Citi Field.

Bautista, 22, will consistently hit 100 mph with his fastball, which he can spot on command. In St. Lucie, an MLB scout told me that -- if Bautista can tighten up and increase the velocity on his slider -- he has the ability to be an elite relief pitcher...

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Feb 21, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Gerson Bautista (63) poses during photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 21, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Gerson Bautista (63) poses during photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RH reliever Gerson Bautista, who was called up from Double-A Binghamton, told reporters at Citi Field on Tuesday that his promotion is a "dream come true."

Bautista said he received a phone call at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning informing him that he was called up. He admitted it came earlier than expected.

To make room for Bautista, the Mets optioned RH reliever Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Daily News Live: Mets bullpen 00:04:03
Daily News Live baseball insider John Harper joins the show to discuss the Mets bullpen blowing a lead against the Nationals on Monday.

Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (12-3) continue their three-game series against the Nationals (8-9) at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets' 12-3 start after 15 games is tied with the 1986 and 2015 squads for best in franchise history. ... The Mets have won their first five series of the season for the first time in franchise history. The 2006 team won the first four series of the season. ... The Mets are 8-1 against the NL East this season. ... The Mets' 335 OBP is the seventh-best mark in the majors...

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith is hitting .297/.395/.595 with two HR and five doubles in 10 games (37 at-bats) this season for Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.

Smith, who began the season on the 10-day DL due to a strained right quad that kept him out for the majority of Spring Training, hit .330/.386/.519 with 16 HR in 114 games last season for Las Vegas before making his big league debut.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Offensive stats in the PCL need to be taken with a grain of salt. At the same time, if you're getting on base at a nearly-.400 clip while slugging close to .600, that's going to play in the majors -- even with expected regression.

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jason Vargas struck out 12 batters in six innings of an intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. 

Vargas, who has been pitching in simulated and intrasquad games to avoid fielding due to an injury to his right (non-throwing) hand, will pitch and field in a minor league rehab game on Sunday, manager Mickey Callaway said.

If Vargas makes just one minor league rehab start, his return to the Mets -- if it's in the starting rotation -- would be April 27 or a bit after. 

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mets OF Jay Bruce is in Tuesday night's starting lineup after not starting on Monday night due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Bruce eventually pinch-hit in the eighth inning of the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Nationals. 

"This is something that I dealt with a little bit in Spring Training, and I want to do everything I can to really nip it in the bud and knock it out," Bruce said before Monday's game. "Not have it be a lingering issue."

Bruce dealt with plantar fasciitis early on in Spring Training, and said it's been bothering him the last few days. 

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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo of WOR were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

Click below to watch.

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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) is tagged out by Washington Nationals shortstop Wilmer Difo (1) in the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) is tagged out by Washington Nationals shortstop Wilmer Difo (1) in the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Monday night was brutal. There is no other way to put it. It was a bad loss, but it also felt like a slap-across-the-face wake-up call that this season isn't going to be all wins and salt and pepper shakers.

Intuitively I knew this to be true, because that's how baseball works. But, I was happy living while watching the Mets dominate in fantasy land for as long as possible. However, that bliss had to eventually end, and it ended Monday night...

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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | There was one out in the eighth inning Monday night, the Mets up 6-1 on the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, dominant from the second-inning on, was still on the mound. The Mets were about to be 13-2, and then they weren't. 

So, what the hell happened?

As painful as it is, I'm going to re-watch the bloodbath that took place after deGrom left the game, and then react to it. Yes, after watching last night's game, with my couch bearing the brunt of my anger as it all went to crap, I'm watching the eighth inning again. Here it goes...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets on bullpen blowing lead 00:06:05
Manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss the Mets blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning of their 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

While Jacob deGrom dominated the Washington Nationals into the eighth inning, the Mets' bullpen unraveled in Monday's 8-6 loss at Citi Field.

"It's definitely tough," deGrom told reporters after the game. "You're comfortable when those guys come in, and they're not perfect. It's going to happen. Tonight, we let one get away, but they'll be back after them tomorrow."

DeGrom struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings and had only given up one run through the first seven innings, but was taken out of the game with a 6-1 lead after allowing two of the first three batters to single in the eighth.

The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday's game with a league-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings as New York fell to 12-3.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:54
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) The Mets led 6-1 with one out in the eighth inning but a complete meltdown by the bullpen cost Jacob deGrom a much-deserved win and the club its 11th victory in 12 games. DeGrom, Seth LugoJerry BlevinsAJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia combined to allow six runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batsman to fall behind, 7-6.

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets reportedly have not reached out to the Boston Red Sox or Tampa Bay Rays regarding a catcher after their two starters were placed on the disabled list last week, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

New York has gone with a combination of Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton after it placed Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki on the DL with, respectively, a partially torn UCL and a hairline fracture in Plawecki's left hand.

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets made repeated inquiries with the Marlins this offseason about trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto, and will "at some point try to revisit the Realmuto situation," Ken Rosenthal said Monday on Fox Sports. 

Mike Puma of the NY Post reported last week that the Mets had expressed interest in Realmuto, though he didn't specify when they reached out.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (12-2) open a three-game series against the Nationals (7-9) at Citi Field on Monday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets' 12-2 start is the best in franchise history, and they have won their first five series of the season for the first time ever. ... The Mets are 8-0 against the NL East this season. ... Todd Frazier has a five-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in his last eight games. ... The Mets have seven come-from-behind wins this season -- tied with the Red Sox for the most in baseball. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Jay Bruce on foot issue 00:01:30
Mets outfielder Jay Bruce says his plantar fasciitis flared up again Sunday in his left foot, but he will play Tuesday.

Mets OF Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup on Monday night against the Nationals due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"This is something that I dealt with a little bit in Spring Training, and I want to do everything I can to really nip it in the bud and knock it out," Bruce said before the game. "Not have it be a lingering issue."

Bruce dealt with plantar fasciitis early on in Spring Training, and said it's been bothering him the last few days. 

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

I have no issue with Mickey Callaway's decision to let Noah Syndergaard hit with the bases loaded in the fifth inning on Sunday, despite the game being tied.

With the Mets up one run with two outs and runners on second and third, Callaway pitch hit Jay Bruce for his starting catcher, 24-year-old rookie Tomas Nido, who was making his first start of the season. The Brewers responded by intentionally walking Bruce, which loaded the bases for Noah Syndergaard, who quickly ended the inning and potential rally with a pop out. 

Syndergaard returned to pitch the top of the sixth inning, but was removed one out later. The Brewers then knocked in two runs against reliever Robert Gsellman to take a temporary one-run lead, which was erased by a Brandon Nimmo solo homer in the bottom of the frame...

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(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo had an incredible game on Sunday in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, smashing three hits including a triple and a home run. His season OPS is up to an eye-popping 1.371 and the Mets are in a real bind as they simply have to find a way to keep his bat in a crowded outfield.

In only 21 plate appearances so far, Nimmo has gotten on base an incredible 12 times while striking out only twice. This is certainly a small sample, and while he won't produce like a peak Barry Bonds all season, Nimmo is on track for the best walk and strikeout rates of his career -- as well as his best hard-hit rate and line drive rate.

Always a patient hitter, Nimmo is swinging less than ever, but pummeling the ball when he does hit. He is the consummate leadoff hitter the team has been lacking for so long and if the team is waiting for him to cool off, it might be a long wait...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate at the end of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate at the end of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets' salt and pepper celebration has trickled down to Todd Frazier's son, Blake, who broke it out after an opposite field hit during his Little League game on Saturday.

Click below to see...

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Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard's filthy stuff and the frigid/windy weather conditions at Citi Field on Sunday led to some hysterically bad swings from the Brewers.

Thor struck out 11 Brewers in 5.1 innings -- including eight-straight at one point. He induced 25 swings-and-misses, with many being of the flailing variety. Travis Shaw was made to look foolish on an 89 MPH changeup, and jokingly tweeted at Syndergaard after the game, asking him to ease up.

Click below to see Syndergaard's exchange with Shaw...

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He'll be there for you. Wilmer Flores smashed a walk-off homer against the Brewers in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday at Citi Field as the Mets improved to 12-2.

Flores isn't new to this, as he hit a walk-off dinger against the A's last season. And his 12th inning walk-off blast against the Nationals in late-July of 2015 helped propel the Mets to a three-game sweep and eventual NL East title.

After his winner on Sunday, Flores was doused by Yoenis Cespedes. And the local papers had it covered. Click below to see Monday's back pages...

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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30), shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30), shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterYes, this week did include a loss. But let's focus on how the Mets are in the midst of the best start in franchise history. Coming off nine wins in a row. Winning every series they have played so far this season. Not too shabby.

Of course, this excitement did take a hit on Wednesday, when it was announced that Travis d'Arnaud had a UCL tear in high right elbow. Tommy John surgery will happen and end his season, because as we all know, it's impossible to go an entire season without someone on the Mets needing Tommy John surgery.

Kevin Plawecki can easily step in for d'Arnaud, though, as we all know he's already had experience as a starting catcher, so not too big of a problem, right?! Well... Plawecki is injured as well, and will likely be out for roughly three weeks. Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton it is then! Fortunately, Nido does have some major league experience from last year. And so far, both have looked good especially considering the unexpected roles they're currently taking on...

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Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard tossed 101 pitches and allowed one unearned run, while striking out 11 batters in 5 1/3 innings, during Sunday's 3-2 win against the Brewers at Citi Field.

"I feel like this is finally a step in the right direction," Syndergaard told reporters after the game. "I finally got a glimpse of what I'm capable of. I felt like my first three starts were not up to par. I feel like this is close to dominance."

That's an understatement. Sunday, he looked smooth and dominant... like a young Doc Gooden

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores is doused by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes during a postgame interview with field reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk-off solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores is doused by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes during a postgame interview with field reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk-off solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers as New York's franchise-best start continued.

Flores roped Matt Albers' 1-2 sinker over the left-center field fence as the Mets improved to 12-2, the best record in the National League and second-best record in the majors.

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Mets on 3-2 win over the Brewers 00:05:07
Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Nimmo discuss the team's 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Despite starting for only the fourth time this season, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo continued his hot start by going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

"He played a great game,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game.

Nimmo, starting for the first time since April 4, singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the fourth and hit a game-tying home run to lead off the sixth inning as the Mets improved to 12-2, their best start in franchise history.

"You have to just try and help out the team however you can,'' said Nimmo, who has a .400/.571/.800 batting line in 15 at-bats this season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/15 00:03:45
Ron Darling and Gary Cohen break down the Mets 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Wilmer Flores launched a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mets to their ninth win in 10 games. The Brewers bullpen had retired 11 of the previous 12 batters before the homer.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores
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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets will look to win the rubber game of a three-game series with the Brewers at Citi Field on Sunday, Jackie Robinson Day, at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/14 00:03:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Brewers.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings against the Brewers on Saturday night.

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